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Worst traffic in SA: We compare Joburg, Cape Town and Durban

2017-03-01 10:10

CITY TRAFFIC: Arrive Alive filmed the traffic trends in Jhb, Cpt and Durban. Image: YouTube

Johannesburg - In February, Wheels24 reported on the most traffic congested cities in South Africa.

Cape Town topped the list as SA's most heavily-congested city, reports TomTom in its 2016 Traffic Index. The report details the worst traffic congestion in South Africa.

In March, TomTom posted timelapse clips showing traffic congestion in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. In its clips, the satnav specialist outlined traffic during morning rush-hour as well as evening-peak times for all three cities.  

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Arrive Alive's Johan Jonck said: "As we find a continued increase in vehicle sales and newly lisenced drivers entering our daily traffic, we need to remain alert to defensive driving techniques in heavy traffic.

"Road users need to remain informed of traffic patterns, areas and times of heavily congested traffic so as to enable motorists to plan their travels effectively and to drive with the right mindset towards driving defensively."

Watch 'morning traffic' below: The video shows how traffic increases in each of the three cities. The green lines represent free-flowing traffic, but the more red the shade the more congested the traffic. In the bottom right corner is a time lapse.

Watch 'evening traffic' below: The video shows how traffic increases in each of the three cities. The green lines represent free-flowing traffic, but the more red the shade the more congested the traffic. In the bottom right corner is a time lapse.

READ: Traffic woes - Joburg praised for reducing congestion 

Most congested cities in South Africa: Overall daily congestion level 

1 Cape Town 35%
2 Johannesburg 30%
3 East London 29%
4 Pretoria 26%
5 Durban 22%


Image by TomTom



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6 heavily congested SA cities: Click on the images below for the full report

Cape Town

  • Congestion level: 35%

  • Average travel time: 42min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Tuesday, Wednesday


Johannesburg

  • Congestion level: 30%

  • Average travel time: 47min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Wednesday

Bloemfontein

  • Congestion level: 18%

  • Average travel time: 18min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday, Tuesday

  • Evening peak: Monday

Durban

  • Congestion level: 2%

  • Average travel time: 62min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Friday


Pretoria

  • Congestion level: 62%

  • Average travel time: 32min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Friday

East London

  • Congestion level: 29%

  • Average travel time: 32min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Monday, Thursday


Johan Jonck, Arrive Alive, said: "Motorists in these cities would easily admit to the frustrations of heavily congested traffic. The Arrive Alive website has shared advice on some safety techniques for safer driving in heavy traffic as well as some suggestions to avoid the rage.

"Keep in mind that you should not get angry sitting in heavy traffic as you are part of the congestion! With some careful pre-planning some of this can be avoided and with the right mindset you may be able to share roads responsibly and safely!"

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